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New Orleans Festivals

New Orleans’ Free Fall Food Fest: Louisiana Seafood and Crescent City Blues & BBQ

logo for Louisiana Seafood Fest

2012 Louisiana Seafood Fest

For the city of New Orleans, festivals—and most celebrations in general—tend to revolve around an essential cultural trifecta: food, music, and the arts. Whether it’s bigger, ticketed festivals like New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Fest or Voodoo Music Experience, or smaller, free fests like the two being held this weekend, they all sample the best the city has to offer in each of these three cultural categories.

This weekend, October 12-14th, downtown New Orleans hosts two different free festivals that attract visitors and locals alike each fall. Louisiana Seafood Festival celebrates the taste and quality of the state’s world-renowned under-the-sea delicacies, and the Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival combines genres of music and food that have been slow-cooked to perfection in restaurants and venues around the city.

At Woldenberg Riverfront Park on the Mississippi River, stages of live music, rows of food tents, and strips of artist booths converge to support local seafood eateries and artists alike. From fish, shrimp, and crabs to oysters, crawfish, and other seafood eats, just about every edible underwater creature available in the Gulf of Mexico and local waters will be represented.

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New Orleans Dining

Char-Broiled Oysters, A New Orleans Seafood Favorite

Basket of char-broiled oysters covered in butter and cheese

Char-Broiled Oysters , Oh So Good!

Today I want to spotlight an excellent New Orleans eatery, Drago’s Seafood Restaurant, located downtown at 2 Poydras Street. Drago’s has been in business since 1969 and has maintained a reputation of fresh, delicious seafood especially their famous char-broiled oysters.  These oysters are arguably the best in town, with many restaurants around often imitating but never duplicating their flavor. They are cooked in their shell on a hot grill with a tasty garlic, butter, and herb sauce brushed over and dusted with a Parmesan/Romano cheese blend. Just add a little lemon juice, grab a cold Abita beer and you’ll be set! I guarantee you will be in food heaven! If you can’t get to New Orleans, than make your own!


Makes 18 Drago’s Charbroiled Oysters(Courtesy of Dragos Seafood Restaurant)

Prep Time: 15 minutes  Cook Time: 5 minutes  Total Time: 20 minutes


8 ounces (2 sticks) softened butter,  2 tablespoons finely chopped garlic,  1 teaspoon black pepper , Pinch dried oregano,  1 1/2 dozen large, freshly shucked oysters on the half shell,  1/4 cup grated Parmesan and Romano cheeses, mixed,  2 teaspoons chopped flat-leaf parsley

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